Cost of Attendance

Community college tuition is less expensive than four year colleges and universities, so international students who enroll at Seattle Central for the first two years of their higher education studies can save thousands of dollars while enjoying high-quality instruction in small classes.

Below are estimates for cost of attendance for international students (Fall 2017 - Summer 2018).

Note that:
* Tuition is based on 15 credits. Exact tuition amounts may vary slightly, usually by $100-$200.
* Mandatory fees cover costs associated with access to campus services and facilities.
* Housing estimates are based on the cost of living with a host family, excluding placement fees.
* Medical insurance is mandatory and charged automatically upon registration each quarter.

Intensive English and Advanced English Programs

Fall 2017

  Quarter (US $)
(10 weeks / summer 8 weeks)
Academic Year (US $)
(9 months)
Tuition* 2,700.00 8,100.00
Approximate Fees* 74.00 222.00
Housing and Food* 2,250.00 6,750.00
Books/Supplies 350.00 1,050.00
Medical Insurance* 383.22 1,149.66
Transportation 125.00 375.00
Miscellaneous 600.00 1,800.00
Total 6,482.22 19,446.66


Winter 2018 - Summer 2018

  Quarter (US $)
(10 weeks / summer 8 weeks)
Academic Year (US $)
(9 months)
Tuition* 2,970.00 8,910.00
Approximate Fees* 74.00 222.00
Housing and Food* 2,250.00 6,750.00
Books/Supplies 350.00 1,050.00
Medical Insurance* 383.22 1,149.66
Transportation 125.00 375.00
Miscellaneous 600.00 1,800.00
Total 6,752.22 20,256.66

College Bridge and All College-Level Programs

  Quarter (US $)
(12 weeks / summer 8 weeks)
Academic Year (US $)
(9 months)
Tuition* 3,118.10 9,354.30
Approximate Fees* 119.00 357.00
Housing and Food* 2,250.00 6,750.00
Books/Supplies 350.00 1,050.00
Medical Insurance* 383.22 1,149.66
Transportation 125.00 375.00
Miscellaneous 600.00 1,800.00
Total 6,945.32 20,835.96

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Programs (years 3&4) at Seattle Central

  Quarter (US $)
(12 weeks / summer 8 weeks)
Academic Year (US $)
(9 months)
Tuition* 6,093.80 18,281.40
Approximate Fees* 119.00 357.00
Housing and Food* 2,250.00 6,750.00
Books/Supplies 350.00 1,050.00
Medical Insurance* 383.22 1,149.66
Transportation 125.00 375.00
Miscellaneous 600.00 1,800.00
Total 9,921.02 29,763.06

 

Also, please find below some other important financial information:

Tuition Charges Per Credit

SCIE Tuition - Fall 2017

1 hour $675.00
2 hours $1,350.00
3 hours $2,025.00
4 hours (full time) $2,700.00

SCIE Tuition - Winter 2018 to Summer 2018

1 hour $742.50
2 hours $1,485.00
3 hours $2,227.50
4 hours (full time) $2,970.00


College Tuition

Number of Credits Cost Per Credit Total Tuition
1 $282.17 $282.17
2 $282.17 $564.34
3 $282.17 $846.51
4 $282.17 $1,128.68
5 $282.17 $1,410.85
6 $282.17 $1,693.02
7 $282.17 $1,975.19
8 $282.17 $2,257.36
9 $282.17 $2,539.53
10 $282.17 $2,821.70
11 $59.28 $2,880.98
12 $59.28 $2,940.26
13 $59.28 $2,999.54
14 $59.28 $3,058.02
15 $59.28 $3,118.10
16 $59.28 $3,177.38
17 $59.28 $3,236.66
18 $59.28 $3,295.94
19 $271.36 $3,567.30
20 $271.36 $3,838.66


College Tuition (B.A.S. programs; years 3 & 4)

Number of Credits Cost Per Credit Total Tuition
1 $603.91 $603.91
2 $603.91 $1,207.82
3 $603.91 $1,811.73
4 $603.91 $2,415.64
5 $603.91 $3,019.55
6 $603.91 $3,623.46
7 $603.91 $4,227.37
8 $603.91 $4,831.28
9 $603.91 $5,435.19
10 $603.91 $6,039.10
11 $10.95 $6,050.05
12 $10.95 $6,061.00
13 $10.95 $6,071.95
14 $10.95 $6,082.90
15 $10.95 $6,093.85
16 $10.95 $6,104.80
17 $10.95 $6,115.75
18 $10.95 $6,126.70
19 $593.10 $6,719.80
20 $593.10 $7,312.90

Tuition and Expenses on the I-20 Form

The I-20 form will list the same financial requirements as posted on our web page for 9 months, but in a slightly different format:

Seattle Central Institute of English (SCIE) - Fall 2017
Tuition and Fees*: $8,322.00
Living Expenses**: $8,550.00
Other***: $2,575.00
Total: $19,447.00

Seattle Central Institute of English (SCIE) - Winter 2018 to Summer 2018
Tuition and Fees*: $9,132.00
Living Expenses**: $8,550.00
Other***: $2,575.00
Total: $20,257.00

College Programs (Lower Division)
Tuition and Fees*: $9,712.00
Living Expenses**: $8,550.00
Other***: $2,575.00
Total: $20,837.00

B.A.S. degree programs (Upper Division / year 3 and 4)
Tuition and Fees*: $18,639.00
Living Expenses**: $8,550.00
Other***: $2,575.00
Total: $29,764.00

* Tuition and fees includes the following:
SCIE Fall 2017 - Tuition: $8,100; Approximate fees: $222
SCIE Winter 2018 to Summer 2018 - Tuition - $8,910; Approximate fees: $222
College Programs - Tuition: $9,354.30; Approximate fees: $357
B.A.S degree programs - Tuition: $18,281.40; Approximate fees: $357

** Living expenses include host family and miscellanous expenses.

*** Other expenses include books, supplies, transportation (bus pass), and medical insurance.

Students who applied for a college program with no proof of English proficiency will receive an I-20 form with a college program estimate.

Payment Methods

Seattle Central offers different payment methods for students wishing to pay their first quarter tuition, fees, and medical insurance:

- Credit card online
- In person at the Cashier’s Office
- Wire transfer (deposit)

For more details about each of the payment methods listed above, click here.

Refund Policies

Seattle Central Institute of English (SCIE)

Withdrawal prior to the first day of class =100% refund
Withdrawal within first five calendar days = 80% refund
Withdrawal within sixth - fourteenth calendar days = 50% refund
Withdrawal after fourteenth calendar day = 0 (no refund)

All College Programs

Withdrawal due to cancellation by the college = 100% refund
Withdraw through the 1st week of the quarter = 100% refund (minus $5 fee) 
Withdraw within eighth - twentieth calendar days = 50% refund
Withdraw after the twentieth calendar day (instructor permission required) = 0 (no refund) 

Medical Insurance

The medical insurance premium is 100% refundable if classes are dropped before the first day of the quarter. As of the first day of the quarter, the premium is non-refundable.

Scholarships

The International Education Programs Division offers scholarship opportunities to CURRENT international students. For more details about the scholarships we offer, or to apply for a scholarship as a current Seattle Central international student, click here.

Please note that all our scholarships are merit-based; consideration is not given to financial need as all scholarship applicants must submit proof of finances before being considered.

Employment Opportunities

On-Campus Employment

Students on F-1 Visas who are full-time and in status are eligible to work on campus up to 17 hours per week. Type and availability of employment varies from quarter to quarter depending on campus needs. The International Education Programs (IEP) Office has a job referral service to assist students in finding employment on campus.

Work permission

Students on F-1 Visas who have attended school for 9 months in a college program may be eligible to gain practical experience in their field of study by working off campus. Students must get permission to work from the Immigration and Naturalization Service by applying for practical training (Optional Practical Training or Curricular Practical Training).

For more information on employment regulations related to F-1 students, please visit our webpage and consult with an immigration advisor in the IEP office.

Medical Insurance

The cost of medical care in the United States is very high. With few exceptions, international students enrolled at Seattle Central are required to purchase the Seattle College District insurance policy which is offered through LewerMark.

Cost

The cost of the medical insurance policy is $383.22 per quarter. That amount is charged automatically to international students at the time of registration.

Coverage

Generally, students who buy the Seattle College District insurance policy are covered from the first day of the quarter until the day before the next quarter begins. However, students entering the United States for the first time will also be covered for 30 days prior to the first day of the quarter, or from the day they entered the United States, whichever comes first. Students transferring from another U.S. school will only be covered from the first day of the quarter, unless their previous school also had a policy through The Lewer Agency. In that case, students who were covered by their previous policy will also be insured during the break between the two schools.

Coverage does not include dependent spouses or children of F-1 students. Students who need medical insurance for their dependent spouse and/or children should visit the International Education Programs (IEP) Office upon arrival for assistance.

A summary and the full insurance policy are available on our current students page.

Exceptions to the insurance requirements

The following students are exempted from purchasing our insurance policy:
- International students attending Seattle Central on visas other than F-1 or M-1
- F-1 students taking classes at Seattle Central while on an I-20 form from another U.S. institution
- Government-sponsored students already provided with insurance from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, the Embassy of Kuwait, Embassy of Oman, or Embassy of the UAE.

Insurance card

To show proof of coverage, students must print an insurance card directly from the LewerMark website. The insurance card will list the student’s name in English and his/her insurance ID number. Students should always carry their insurance card in their wallet, and provide the card to their doctor during medical visits.

How can students find a doctor?

LewerMark, as many other insurance companies, will pay more of the medical bill if students go see a "network" or "preferred" doctor. To find a doctor in the network, students should visit our webpage or the LewerMark website.